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Associations of outpatient use of P2Y12 inhibitors with MACE in ACS patients after PCI

Association of Ticagrelor vs Clopidogrel With Major Adverse Coronary Events in Patients With Acute Coronary Syndrome Undergoing Percutaneous Coronary Intervention

Literature - Turgeon RD, Koshman SL, Youngson E et al., - JAMA Intern Med. 2020. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2019.6447.

Introduction and methods

The PLATO trial has shown that treatment with ticagrelor in ACS patients resulted in a 16% relative risk reduction in MACE and 22% relative risk reduction in all-cause death compared to treatment with clopidogrel [1]. However, ticagrelor was also associated with a relative risk increase by 19% for major bleeding and by 84% in dyspnea compared to clopidogrel. Current ACC/AHA and Canadian guidelines recommend ticagrelor over clopidogrel in DAPT [2,3]. Patients in routine practice may have higher risks of MACE and bleeding, more comorbidities and lower adherence to therapy than patients enrolled in clinical trials [4].

This observational study therefore evaluated the association between ticagrelor vs clopidogrel and MACE, major bleeding and dyspnea in a population-based cohort of patients with ACS who underwent PCI. Outpatient prescription data and prescription filling for ticagrelor or clopidogrel from 11,185 patients who underwent PCI for ACS were analyzed. 63.6% Used clopidogrel and 56.3% used ticagrelor. All patients used acetylsalicylic acid, 81 mg. Median age was 61 (54-71) years, 24.7% were women and 44.3% presented with STEMI. Follow-up was 1 year.

The primary outcome was first occurrence of MACE, defined as a composite of all-cause death, hospitalization with nonfatal ACS, coronary revascularization or stent thrombosis within 1 year after index hospitalization. Adherence was estimated using the (medical refill adherence [MRA].

Main results


This observational population-based cohort study of patients with ACS who underwent PCI and received DAPT, showed no significant difference in MACE between patients treated with ticagrelor or clopidogrel. However, ticagrelor was associated with a higher risk of major bleeding and emergency room visits for dyspnea. Adherence to any P2Y12 inhibitor (MRA≥80%) was associated with a significantly lower risk of MACE compared with adherence <80%.


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